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Know Before You Go: MissTravel Down Under
  • Posted May 16, 2013
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Some people expect to fly over to any country that speaks English and just walk right in and start navigating with ease. But you should know, that things aren’t always that simple. This blog is not about the toilet flushing in the opposite direction, I assure you. Rather I will be providing more meaningful insight on thing you should know before planning a trip down under.

VISAS

Plane tickets? Check. Passport? Check. Visa? What…..? That’s right, when going to the land down under, even U.S. citizens need a tourism visa in order to enter the country. Really not hard to obtain, but helpful to know ahead of time. (Psst. You can get one here). Keep in mind that Australia is in the Southern hemisphere so December – February is their Summer time, and therefore their peak season. The best times to travel to Australia are the shoulder seasons, when the weather is nice but it’s not too crowded and relatively inexpensive: October, November, March, April.

YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL AT ONCE

A lot of people, myself included, assume that Australia is a relatively small country, easily doable in a one to two week time span. But in reality, Australia is nearly the size of the United States and things are pretty spread out. Most of the major cities are on the coast lines, with vast areas of empty space like the Outback, between them. You can’t just fly into Sydney, and hit up the Reef, hug a koala and surf the Gold Coast all in one weekend. In fact, the Great Barrier Reef, which is accessible via Cairns is a 24 hour drive, or a 3 hour flight. The Gold Coast and Brisbane are about a ten hour drive from Sydney as well, and that’s all on the Eastern half of the country. To see all that Australia has to offer would take lots of traveling to and fro, and a several week commitment.

A DINGO ATE MY BABY

Another thing to watch out for in Australia is wildlife. Depending on where you are in the country, you could encounter kangaroos, dingos, crocodiles, jelly fish and sharks. As cute and exotic as a native Australian animal is, you shouldn’t approach any of them, they are dangerous.

 

Australia is an amazing country and although it’s one of the most expensive places to get to, it’s worth the trip. If you plan accordingly, you won’t be sorry you made the trek. Bon Voyage!

Any other advice you would give to Australia bound newbies? 

Have you been to the land down under? 

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Know Before You Go: MissTravel Down Under”

  1. JennMT says:

    All personalities and perspectives are welcome on this blog, while personal attacks and name calling are not. It’s inevitable that there will be disagreements, but let’s handle it as mature adults with class to keep the dialog constructive and respectful. Please refer to the “Blog Etiquette” section for more details. Now comment away and let’s enjoy the blog!

  2. Caits says:

    Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne are all on the East, not West Coast 😉

    You’ve also missed highlighting the best parts (the wildlife really isn’t an issue unless you’re go to visit to outback!) but we have the most beautiful beaches, amazing food and wine.. And of course the most beautiful women!

    Great too see our beautiful country featured! x

  3. al says:

    Willing to travel or date any women
    just want to have fun

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